OK is NOT OK

There's a commercial on TV right now where a patient is in the hospital and asks the nurse what do you think of the Dr. that's going to operate on me and she says, he's OK.

The look on the patients face is priceless. Like what? What do you mean the Dr. is just OK?

Who wants a Dr. who is just OK, you want the best, right?

Is that how you're feeling about your wardrobe? It's OK. It's fine. I look OK.

If that works for you, wonderful. You probably don't need to read any further.

Or, is your personal style beginning to affect your self confidence when you walk into a room?

Years ago I took the Strength Finders assessment and it told me my #1 Strength was the Maximizer. (something you may not know about me...I LOVE self discovery)

Excellence, not average, is your measure. You are compelled to nurture it, refine it and stretch it toward excellence. You polish the pearl until it shines. I remember thinking, OMG that is what I do, I'm the Maximizer. .

Helping women Elevate their Image is what I do best.

It's not just what I do, but it's my passion to help women show up dressed oozing excellence instead of just OK. Never apologizing.

You may be thinking about the Reveal Your Radiance Style Academy and wondering, do I really need that program? Or is my wardrobe just OK the way it is?

What I've found over and over is that it's the little things that make a big difference.

Style Rut

I call it.....you don't know what you don't know.

  • You don't really know your best colors

  • You don't really know the best styles for your body type

  • You don't really know how to dress on purpose.

  • You don't really know what your personality has to do with your style?

  • You don't really know how to mix and match your wardrobe?

They may be little things on their own but combined they make a BIG difference in your "elevated image."

Learning and discovering all these little things in the Reveal Your Radiance Style Academy are tools that will serve you for a lifetime.

Wouldn't you love to quit the madness of filling your closet with clothes that are just OK?

If you are a little bit curious and thinking this really does sound fantastic.....let's set up a quick 10-15 phone conversation where I can answer your concerns and questions.

Visit: www.annettebond.com/revealyourradiancestyleacademy

Invest in YOU. A style system that will serve you for a lifetime.

I can't wait to chat with you!!

Call me Annette Bond

Give me a call at 425.868-1816 or email me at annette@annettebond.com to find out more.

What Do You LOVE About Your Personal Style?

February, the month of LOVE! And Beyond.

Valentine’s Day can represent many things – a romantic dinner with your partner, celebrating with a gal pal or time with loved ones. Why can’t this continue past February?

Sometimes we neglect to notice what we LOVE about ourselves or at least recognize.

About 6 months ago I retook the DISC assessment. I was in a transformational coaching program at the time where our strengths were being discussed and how we were using them.

What actualized completely surprised me. I was in the 97% of I style (Influence). It revealed to me that I should be making stronger use of my communication and people skills. Utilizing my energy of inspiration, passion and wisdom in a more influential way. Letting my Fire shine brighter.

I became aware that I was moving a strength of mine to the rear vs the forefront.          

I thought, why am I doing that?

The first truth that came out; what will others think of me if I shine brighter? What I came to understand is that we as humans judge. That is just what we do. You’re judging my article as you are readying this and I am judging the next person on Facebook, lol. Good, bad, indifferent, it just doesn’t matter. We’re human beings and our brains can’t help but judge.

You may be thinking ONLY metals judge. Well maybe we Metals do have a little more tendency to judge. But I would guess that 99% of you out there worry about what others think also, am I right?

As we all go through the Fashion Feng Shui process of evaluating who am I and discovering our essence, I believe we can very much have a blind spot.

Why is it so darn hard to see what we LOVE about ourselves when various assessments and people point it out so blatantly?

With that being said, I proposed to my Definitive Style community an exercise.  To candidly observe what they LOVE in their wardrobe.  

So of course I needed to do the exercise myself. Again, I was actually surprised with the results.

I hope you’ll play the game with me. Take out a piece of paper and sketch out a tic-tac-toe board. In the middle square write: "What I Love"

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  1. Step into your closet or jewelry box and choose 5-10 pieces that You LOVE.

  2. Set them out on a table and begin writing the qualities that you LOVE about them.

  3. Read the qualities out loud…do they resonate with you?

  4. If someone was to describe you with these words, would you feel flattered?

  5. Do you unequivocally say yes, that's me?

  6. Do any of words give you butterflies?

  7. Are you ready to shake hands with the words and own them?

  8. Are you ready to stretch a bit in 2019 and take on the butterfly words?

As you look at your words, do they fit into a nice box of your primary and influencing essence? Or are they outside the box more than you think?

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What surprised me was how I described my favorite accessories, they were 50% Fire. The power was in writing the words down. I didn’t perceive myself as having that much Fire in my wardrobe and then realizing they were my favorite pieces.  I LOVE continuing to learn about myself while honoring my strengths. 

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Fire, of course that’s part of me…my favorite color is fuchsia and I love pearls.  

What I do know is my navy sheath dress that fits me to a tee (metal) is my foundation and feels perfect for me but I love the luminosity and warmth of adding Fire.

The first step is becoming aware.

What are your blind spots?

What have others told you you’re really good at and you unconsciously ignore?

What words from the tic-tac-toe exercise made you think a new thought?

Whether your essence is Water, Wood, Fire, Earth or Metal there is nothing more powerful than showing up and radiating as the real you!  

Annette Bond is known for helping women “Elevate their Image."

She’s on a mission to help every day women who have put themselves at the bottom of the list when it comes to style. Your style is a representation of your personal essence - and it deserves to shine because it's a reflection of who you truly are. 

This newer, shinier version of you will pay dividends in business and in your personal relationships because of how you'll be showing up, your BEST self. 

Annette works with a client focused approach, she prides herself on “getting you.” The end result is instant gratification…Creating the perfect wardrobe for the real you.

You're put-together, polished and ready to step into the world with revitalized confidence.

Certified Image Consultant - AICI CIC

Certified Corporate Image Consultant

She is a certified color consultant who was personally trained by Leatrice Eiseman, known as the “international color guru”.

And also one of 30 women in the U.S. certified in Fashion Feng Shui.

Annette Believes:

Style begins with the woman, not the clothes.

Why Does Getting Dressed Feel Sooo Hard?

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If you're like me you probably learned to get dressed when you were four or five years old. Kindergarten or preschool?

Or at least your mother allowed you to go out of the house with your personal picks.

So WHY at 40, 50 or 60 years old does it seem sooo hard to get dressed?

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Each time I work with a new client, I continue to understand and receive new insight into the struggles and challenges of getting dressed.

You try on 3-4 outfits for every event and settle on the "best one" or the one that is "good enough."

You wear repeat outfits and it gets old fast.

Wishing you looked and felt better in your clothes.

  • Could be the style or color that's not right

  • A trend that doesn't serve you

  • Your girlfriend that told you it looked great, deep down inside you knew it wasn't right but you bought it anyway

  • Fit isn't complementary to your body shape

  • You're not the same size you were a couple of years ago

I can help you discern:

  • Color

  • Fit

  • Proportions

  • Style

I pride myself on helping you curate a wardrobe that FITS YOU NOW!

As you arrive for your appointment, ALL the clothes are mindfully selected for you before you arrive.

I just ask you to show up with an open mind to see yourself as a whole person (a package) not the ONE thing you don't like about yourself. 

Recently, I was in the dressing room with my client Shelley. She hired me because she was in a transition with her career. She didn't have outfits in her closet that she felt confident in.

She was missing those go-to-outfits that made getting dressed easy.

As I observed from the distance, the look on her face as she tried on every last piece of clothing that FIT her body type. (And yes, she was NOT the size she once was)

PRICELESS.

She felt like a million bucks.

She smiled at herself with delight.

Oozing with Confidence.

She had a budget in mind and ended up spending double the budget because she found so many pieces that made her feel like a million bucks.

What's it costing you to wait until...

Life is short and wouldn't you love to FEEL CONFIDENT NOW?

Not in 2 months or 2 years?

Honoring the body you have NOW is a gift you can give yourself today.

When you fight against your body you only cause frustration and angst.

Annette, I'm ready to start LOVING my closet and want it filled with pieces that reflect my unique style and also FIT!

Let's Talk

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With Your Definitive Style in Mind,

Annette

Annette Bond works with accomplished, professional women to Elevate their Image.

She inspires women to elevate and express the best of who they are Now, so they can go out into the world with greater confidence and ease.

Annette is a Certified Personal Image Consultant AICI CIC, Corporate Image Certified, More Alive With Color™ Certified, and Fashion Feng Shui Facilitator.

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Where Do I Begin If I Hate Personal Shopping?

Have you ever fantasized that if you bought ALL NEW Clothes you would instantly love your wardrobe?

Possibly or you could be back to where you began, wearing only 20% of your clothes because your game plan was ONLY to buy new.

What if...you took a good look at the clothes you already have and access why you like them and why you don't. That would give you some clues to moving forward.

You hate to shop so you bought what's on the mannequin. The sales person told you it looked great, you bought it. It was on sale, gotta buy it.

You wore it a time or two and now you don't like it.

Hmm-mm....WHY is that?

I believe it's important to find out why, so you don't keep bringing the same pieces to the party that you DON'T wear and are not sure why.

Or maybe you LOVE the piece, but don't wear it.

Hmm-mm...WHY is that?

Maybe it just needs a great shoe. Or accessorizing?

OR maybe you're a Steve Jobs kinda person and love the simpleness of a "signature look." That's great if you're OK with it.

Imagine your closet filled with pieces that reflect your unique style...Picture yourself feeling like a million bucks every time you get dressed.

In my initial Style Interview with a new client one of our focus points is to uncover her challenges.

Sometimes it's the simpleness of adding a NEW deliberate piece.

I was in Laurie's closet recently who loves simple and doesn't have many prints. She gets frustrated with shopping and tends to buy only solids.

Prints can sometimes be scary.

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Through our Style Interview and spending time in her ClosetI learned about her likes and dislikes, I knew the perfect print for her.

It happened to be in a pair of pants - she tried them on and LOVED them. Her eyes lit up.

A big smile came over her face as she looked in the mirror.

We accessed the tops and sweaters in her closet that she could wear with her NEW Print Pants. This NEW pant brought a freshness to her wardrobe.

Sometimes it can be that ONE piece that revitalizes your wardrobe.

Who you are at the core will be the single most important thread of our work together. Understanding your work environment and lifestyle and what's already in your closet allows me to select pieces that you may never have considered. (YES, I shop for You!)

It's not always about having heaps of clothes, but having the "right" pieces enabling you to get dressed in seconds while LOVING your wardrobe because it feels like you. 

Annette Bond works with accomplished, professional women to Elevate their Image.

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Fashion Feng Shui Workshop - Saturday, June 2nd!

STYLE CONFIDENCE. Do You Have It?

Do you feel like your style is a mystery?

Do you continue to purchase clothing thinking your "personal style" is going to magically appear? 

I BELIEVE that Style begins with the woman and not the clothes.

You are personally invited to my upcoming Fashion Feng Shui workshop on Saturday, June 2, 2018 / 10am-3:30pm

An intimate workshop of ONLY 8 Ladies!

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  • Would you love to have a wardrobe that is aligned with how you want to show up and be seen, it has purpose?

  • A wardrobe that gives you Style Confidence?

  • A wardrobe that feels effortless?

  • A wardrobe that allows you to feel comfortable in your skin?

  • A wardrobe that supports your goals and desires?

  • A wardrobe that is aligned with the real you?

I BELIEVE there isn't a more powerful feeling than when your outfit truly expresses who you are. It represents everything you want to say without you needing to say it.

What is Fashion Feng Shui?

…Dressing Your Whole Self from the Inside-Out

You are the sum of your parts – spirit, mind, and body. When you address every aspect of yourself – spiritual, mental and physical you are able to create a wardrobe that is fulfilling, flattering and functional.

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  • By understanding your FFS Triad you will begin to understand what colors, styles, shapes, and design elements are in perfect harmony with the real you. Why you are attracted to certain styles more than others.
  • Learn how to incorporate your inner qualities into every outfit you wear so others capture your authentic-ness.
  • How to attract your dreams and desires into your life with what you wear.
  • Understand what styles flatter your body type.
  • Understand how Color is used to express your message. 
  • Learn how to shop with ease and purpose.
  • How to feel comfortable in your own skin and embrace Style Confidence every time you get dressed.

Finally, leave with a vision to “Reveal Your Radiance” while building a wardrobe that exudes Style Confidence.

An Intimate Workshop of ONLY 8 Ladies!

Your Style Makes a Statement. Make it Definitive.

Saturday, June 2, 2018 / 10am-3:30pm

MEET ANNETTE

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Annette Bond, a certified image consultant who works with accomplished, professional women to achieve Style Confidence.  She inspires women to elevate and express the best of who they are Now, so they can go out into the world with greater confidence and ease.  Annette is a Certified Personal Image Consultant AICI CIC, Corporate Image Certified, More Alive With Color™ Certified, and Fashion Feng Shui Facilitator.

Annette is one of 30 women in the U.S. and one of 75 worldwide who are licensed to teach Fashion Feng Shui.

STRONG, DYNAMIC & VISIBLE PERSONAL STYLE

As I was contemplating what I wanted to share this week I had a strong pull toward encouraging you to claim your style message. Maybe you've never thought about a style message? You just get dressed in the morning and that is that.

In the Annette Bond world, I am passionate about showing up intentionally. Our clothing tells a story. Is your outfit telling the right story?

On December 2, 2017, I was sitting in my comfy chair brainstorming a title for an upcoming speaking engagement. It occurred to me, I had a mish-mash of great one-liner titles but was super confused on what was appropriate. At that moment, "I said enough is enough."

I needed a marketing message that I could count on, the message needed to be purposeful and effortless. I'd reached the tipping point where I was tired of wasting mental energy deciding what that one great message was.

Feeling like a hot mess with so many messages, I decided to get help. I was tired of muddling in my sea of words for the last 7 years. I had some good stuff, but I knew I needed help refining what I had.

As this feeling came over me, I couldn't help but think how you must feel {{ subscriber.first_name }}. A closet full of clothes with numerous style messages. Wondering is this the right style, color, silhouette or print, am I right?

I admit, I feel your pain, instead of a closet full of clothes I have documents full of words and titles.

Over the last 3 months I have been working with a brand strategist, Peg Marckworth of Marckworth Associates to clarify and claim my marketing message. OMG, I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to have a confidant to guide and lead me to my clarity. I believe clarity is power. 

One of the biggest questions you have to ask yourself whether you are claiming a style message or branding message is: Who are you? What makes you tick? How do you define You?

Recently, I had a conversation with a woman who said she wasn't happy with her job and then came back and said, I think it's the clothing I have to wear."

Developing a style strategy will help you align with the company you represent while honoring your authentic self.

Have you asked yourself lately... how is my style influencing how others perceive me? Is my style a mystery? Am I wasting a lot of mental energy every morning deciding what to wear?

Are you ready to have a style message that says, "Strong, Dynamic, Visible?"

My marketing message is still developing but what I know for sure... Definitive Style gives you the tools to reveal Style Confidence that has purpose, ease and significance.

TIP #1 To reveal Style Confidence, begin with a little black dress that you may already have in your closet or another great neutral such as navy, beige or gray.

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Click To View Catalog of Little Black Dresses!

TIP #2 Take a picture of yourself. Pictures give us an objective opinion than we sometimes need. How does it fit? How about the length - do you have great legs that you're covering up? Does the neckline flatter your face? Does it flatter your waist?

TIP #3 Add a 2nd or 3rd piece that defines YOU! An accessory...big earrings? Statement necklace? Fabulous scarf? Sassy shoes? Pearls?

TIP #4 Step into your Style Confidence with purpose, ease and significance!

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The Sassy RED FUR Coat

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Happy New Year!

This months message was an article I recently wrote for the International Fashion Feng Shui organization. Enjoy!

2018 is here. How are you going to set in motion the New Year?

Searching the internet I found that only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions; University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year's goals.

A new Marist Poll found "being a better person" is the most popular New Year's resolution for 2018.

The thought of being a better person is sincere but what about honoring a better version of YOU as we might say in Fashion Feng Shui. If you became a better version of YOU, I believe you would be a happier better person.

And honoring a better version of you would be a natural progression into achieving your New Year’s resolutions – wouldn’t you say?

My vision for 2018 came upon me about 8 weeks ago as I was putting together a description for a “signature seminar” I am planning to implement in 2018. My goal is to step into the spotlight with more speaking engagements just as adding more Fire into my business has been on my radar.

I passed on the description of my “signature seminar” to a colleague, who is a writer and requested her feedback. When the document was returned, she made several modifications. I respected what she proposed but wondered, was that really me?

In that moment, I realized over the last 7 years I’ve shared a barrage of marketing messages. All good, but realized I was a little confused on what message was appropriate for my 2018 signature talk.

I imagine this is how many of you feel about your wardrobe. Confused, inconsistent and unsure of yourself with a closet full of clothes and so many messages?

With this awareness, it has lead me on a path to dig deeper into my brand. Creating a brand message that is fully aligned with not only my essence but intentions for the coming year.

To guide my intentions, I have found in addition to creating written goals (Wood) for the New Year, I adopt a word or phrase. It allows me to express my individuality (Water) and I can just Be with the word and feel what it means to me.

To further embrace your word, Stefania Rolandelli quotes in Fashion Feng Shui for Life, explore your senses. How does your word for the New Year make you feel? How do you feel hearing your words? Seeing your words in action? Does your word have emotion?

Sharing our personal word and goals can be scary and exciting at the same time.

I’m wondering if because only 8% of the people reach their New Year’s resolutions, are they the 8% who dare go deeper into not only stating their goal with passion (Fire), but taking action on the goal (Wood), committing to the goal (Earth), feeling the goal (Water), and setting up frameworks to support the goal (Metal).

There is a vulnerability to owning our goal 100%.

My new Sassy RED FUR coat makes me feel 100% vulnerable in a very good way as I set into motion my 2018 goals.

As I was out Christmas shopping this season, I came across a red fur waist coat from Zara. I tried it on and immediately LOVED it. It spoke to me. As I looked at my husband, his face was saying, OMG you’re going to wear that? That is BOLD. His hesitancy was all over his face. Generally, I don’t let my husband persuade my buying decision but this time I did.

I left the red fur coat behind. I told myself I needed a fur coat that was more neutral and practical.

How many times have you thought you needed a more practical goal (Earth) instead of the goal that made you stretch (Wood) and maybe got you noticed (Fire)?

When I came home I couldn’t stop thinking about the red fur coat. I knew in my heart that the red fur coat symbolized my Intentions and words (Bold Commitment) to my 2018 signature talks.

I was scared to purchase the RED FUR coat. I would have to wear it (the practical Earth in me could not let it hang in my closet with tags on it). I might be judged (Metalin me).

I knew when I walked into a room that the red fur coat would do the talking, it was sassy (was I ready to add more fun with Fire) and I either needed to own the sassy red fur coat or move on (Wood).

Four days later, I ordered the coat. Making the decision to purchase the Sassy RED FUR coat to align with my 2018 goals, words and intentions has never been so purposeful and powerful.

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Loving Stefania’s Rolandelli question in Fashion Feng Shui for Life book, does the clothing piece make you feel vulnerable and why?

When I look in my closet at my Sassy Red Fur Coat, I think of my BOLD COMMITMENT to my 2018 goals and yes I’m feeling a little vulnerable.

Do you have clothing in your closet that is ready to support your 2018 goals/words/intentions and allow you to radiate more of who you are in the New Year?

Are you ready to claim your message and feel it 100%?

If you're in a place of heck yes, I'm ready to ELEVATE and EXPRESS my personal style in 2018, I invite you to join me Saturday, February 3rd for a Fashion Feng Shui Workshop designed especially with you in mind!

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With Your Definitive Style In Mind, 

Annette Bond

Ultra Violet - 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

For those of you who follow color trends, waiting for the BIG announcement from Pantone Color to declare the upcoming color of the year is a big deal.

So drum roll please...2018 Color of the Year is:

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About the Pantone Color of the Year

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

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What I enjoy most about color is it brings energy to every party.

Color always brings about conversation.

So with that being said, What do you think about the NEW Ultra Violet?

There is not a doubt in my mind that Ultra Violet will bring intriguing conversation.

From my personal color experience, purple in it self always brings up interesting thoughts and feelings for people. Huskies vs. Cougs?

The good news is whether you LOVE the color or reject the color, you will see Ultra Violet in various schemes - designers takes on their own interpretation of the color whether they deepen or lighten the hue or just plain change it to their own liking.

If you're not sure about Ultra Violet - try it on for size. Give it a whirl in the dressing room.

Staying current and relevant each season is a question I am asked over and over. Adding a New Color to your wardrobe is one of the simplest and transforming ways to refresh an outfit.

Not just adding a new color but combining it in a new way.

This is your opportunity to begin thinking how might you incorporate an element of Ultra Violet to your wardrobe as we enter into 2018.

Keep in mind Ultra Violet could be the outfit itself or an element of the color such as a handbag or fabulous pair of shoes.

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Click to see ALL my Ultra Violet FINDS!

I hope you've enjoyed me keeping you in-the-know of Ultra Violet!

Have you been in a state of confusion or struggle as to what colors are "your best colors?"

I encourage you to book a "Style Strategy Call" to learn how I can help you be a more purposeful when it comes to choosing your personal colors.

Are YOU Using Style as a Strategic Business Tool?

We've all heard the phrase Dress for Success. And many of us think of it as old school. As much as we want to say the phrase Dress for Success is not relevant, your clothing is telling a story.

Your clothes don't define your character. Your clothes don't ultimately define YOU.

However...Your clothes narrate a story. A story about who you are. Your clothes almost always define who you are whether that is impressive, indifferent, or lacking.

When I met Hannah a year ago, Hannah knew she needed help with her clothing style as she stepped into her new role as an entrepreneur. Business professionals hire Hannah to coach them on how to stand out amongst others to earn more recognition, opportunities, and financial compensation. www.solutionsforimpact.com

                            BEFORE

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"My challenge is finding attire that is simple, yet has style and reflects who I am – I know the value I offer intellectually and also want to feel like my clothes represent me so I “show up” as the best version of myself in every way." Hannah Pelley

Dressing Intentionally or I like to say, "utilizing your image as a strategic business tool" is an aspect many business owners may not think about.

Hannah Pelley invested in her style message. It is authentic and represents www.solutionsforimpact. Every time I see Hannah she makes me smile with her elevated style confidence.

As you can see in the picture not only did she elevate her personal style but it influenced her non-verbal style - posture and self-confidence.

Is it time for you to Up-Level Your Personal Image?